Thursday, January 29, 2015

Get Cozy and Get Creative

by Judy

image from via Pinterest

"Winter is the time for comfort,
 for good food and warmth, for a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire....
it is a time for 

-Edith Sitwell-

For me, winter is a season that I am drawn to my home.  Even though I still have work, and the usual errands, and all of my son's winter activities, things are just a little bit slower here in the winter. I've been a New Yorker all of my life, but I don't like the cold, so I try to embrace the part of winter that is warm and cozy.  Sitting by the fire with a glass of wine, a good book and a cozy blanket get me through the long winter months.  

Sitting with my blanket and glass of wine gives me time to look around my home.  I see what I like, what I'd like to change, and get ideas for what I'd like to add to my home decor.  

I had a recent bout of the flu, and although that was down right miserable, it did give me time to look through some of my home design magazines and peruse Pinterest for hours on end. (boy is that site addictive or what?!)  

We often talk here about getting our photos off of our cameras and into our homes - whether that be in beautiful scrapbooks like Terri talked about earlier this week, or onto canvas or into frames to display around our homes.  I'm not a scrapbooker (however, Terri's and Kelly's photos of their scrapbooks always make me wish I was one), so I wanted to find some ideas for displaying some of my photos.  I found so many great ideas I just had to show you some of them!  Not all of these are ideas that I would use in my home, but they sure are creative!  

I loved this beautiful traditional display of photos, but in white frames instead of the usual black frames.  I like symmetry, so this really spoke to me. 

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And then I saw this....Traditional with a modern twist. Again, I like the symmetry of this.  It's fun with no traditional frames.  It looks like white mats for the framing.  And what a great way to combine traditional with a little modern by using the metal rods and clips to hang these photos?!

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Here's another idea for traditional design with a more modern twist.  Traditional framing and placement, but so fun with the word art in different fonts.  

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Again, great symmetry here, but fun with the wooden pegs and chains.  And I love this with the black and white photos.  

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If you're really adventurous, and talented, why not paint a family tree on your wall?  This one gives nice contrast to the wall, and almost acts as the headboard.  

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Or, why not go all out and paint an entire family tree?  This is pretty bold for my taste, but I can see that a more muted version of this would be kind of fun.

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This is a pretty frame set from Bed Bath and Beyond.  If you can paint, you could paint this same type of design around your door frame and then hang your frames. 

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I loved this display with the vintage frames.  I have several older frames like this.  Have you noticed that a lot of the antique stand up frames are very small?  I think this display is just lovely, and a great way to display some older photos of your ancestors. 

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Maybe your design style is more on the rustic side.  There were plenty of beautiful ideas for that too! This is made from a wooden pallet and some wooden clothes pins.  

I've always liked this next idea.  Using old window frames for picture frames just works.  My sister has done this and the results are fabulous!  I especially love the extra rustic look to this frame.

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And, under the category of just down right fun, wait till you see what I found?!

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I had to post this last idea for one of our readers, Pam. (Pam I hope you're reading this today.)  The bobbers could be changed out for flies if that is more your fishing style.  

How do you display your photos?  I'd love to see your displays.  The great thing about these ideas is that you can obviously put your own twist on them.  You can use them as a jumping board and let your creativity go wild!  With a couple more months of cold weather here in New York, I should have plenty of time to use some of these ideas and get my photos off my computer and onto my walls.  



terriporter said...

Oh, my, there is so much inspiration in this one post that my head is spinning! In addition to albums, I also love to have my photos displayed, especially the family photos. Some really great ideas for doing that here. I've always loved the look of old windows with photos behind the glass and have searched for just the right window to use, so far without success. That wooden pallet and clothespins . . . sigh! And the mantle with the bottles with photos inside is just the cutest idea! After a recent home renovation, I have empty wall space just calling for ideas like this. I plan to visit the websites you mentioned and see if I can find just the right idea. The hard part will be choosing which photos to use! Thanks, Judy. Wonderful post!

Deanna said...

Just love all of these ideas and Pinterest is a great place to gather inspiration. Beautiful post, Judy.

Dotti said...

What a treasure trove of inspiration! After the Christmas decorations come down and the winter sets in is when I turn inward, too. That's usually when any changing up or redecorating occurs in my home. Thanks for the great resources, Judy. And if you do any of these, you'll have to report back to us with your photos!

Linda said...

Thanks for sharing this Judy! Just the inspiration I needed! I always get on Pinterest looking for one thing and before I know it I'm deep in the annuls and forgot what I was looking for in the first place! I hope you're feeling better! Time to print!

kelly said...

Judy I love these ideas. Especially that first one with the white frames. So clean and fresh looking. I'm totally the same way...winter always seems to be the time of year when I'm looking for ways to update our home a little!

Jeanne said...

These are all amazingly cool! Guess I need to get more in to pinterest. Hope that your flu is over. Not much fun having that!

AFishGirl said...

Ha! I am reading it! Who knew, huh? That looks like a great idea. Remember that super cool one Kelly made? I still have that on my "do this" list. Hoping you feel better. Tight lines, as we say in the fishing business.

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